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Michael Caine

Michael Caine


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Born: March 14, 1933 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bermondsey, England, GB Profession: Cast ...


Michael Caine's original stage name was Michael Scott. In order to get a TV role, he was required to join Actors Equity, and there was already another Michael Scott in the union. From a phone box in a London street, on a call to his agent and pressed for time, the actor spotted a cinema marquee advertising "The Caine Mutiny" and quickly chose Caine as his new surname.

Caine's brother David's existence in a mental hospital was kept secret from him for over 40 years although his mother visited David regularly until she died in 1989.

In June 2000, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

In 1976, Caine opened a restaurant in London, Langen's Brasserie. Twenty years later, he was the owner of six restaurants worldwide.

On accepting his Golden Globe Award during the 1999 telecast, Caine quipped, "My career must be slipping. This is the first time I've ever been able to pick up an award."

When he won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2000 for "The Cider House Rules", Caine became only the second British male to have won two Academy Awards. (The first was Peter Ustinov.)

"The cinema is my stage; I love the buzz, the adrenaline . . . The theatre is as hazardous as ice-skating, why do it if you don't have to? Both activities are high risk and low reward. Anyway, there is more money in making films . . . and more enjoyment."---Caine quoted in the London Times, January 30, 1999.

He has always regarded himself as patronised in articles in British press. "It still continues. I'm not about to commit suicide. I couldn't give a s**t. What I'm telling you is that is how it IS. There's nothing I can do about it or even want to do. I couldn't care less. They can't get me any more."

Caine puts it all down to class. "I'm every bourgeois' nightmare," he drawls. "A Cockney with intelligence and a million dollars. They think they should have done it, but then why didn't they, if they were so much smarter and more intelligent than this stupid Cockney git? So their revenge is to say 'he's not a real actor, he's a Cockney actor'. It's like calling Tony Hopkins a Welsh actor or Sean Connery a Scots actor. Why am I a 'Cockney actor' and they are just actors?"

"Now I've got incredible reviews as an American doctor. But it'll still be 'good ol' Cockney, go down the pub and have some jellied eels, Michael'. I haven't been in a pub since God knows when, and I've never had jellied eels." He shudders. "I couldn't eat them, it'd be horrible."

"But it doesn't worry me. I'm only talking about it because it's come up now. I wouldn't otherwise."---From the London Times, February 16, 2000.

The band Bottlefly paid tribute to the actor with the song "Michael Caine."

"You get to a stage where you need the work less. It's harder to get up in the morning, because you're getting older and you're fussier and fussier about what you do. Anything I do is going to be a joy-Supposedly. You can still make mistake. But I don't do movies to pay the rent: I do them because I really want to. And also, of course, when you get older, you become a movie actor again instead of a movie star, and you get much more interesting roles."---Caine to Film Comment Mar/Apr 2004

"The great thing about acting, people say, 'Aren't you a bit old for acting?' I say, 'Well, how old are the people in the story? Do they have stories where there aren't any 80-year-olds in it or 75-year-olds?' They always need someone that age, you know? So it intrigues me."---Caine quoted to, June 21, 2005.

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